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Nashville Predators News

Expansion Plan: Projecting the Nashville Predators’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft | TheHockeyNews
Any way you slice it, the Nashville Predators are going to have to give up some talent.

Recap: 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase, Nashville Predators Edition | On the Forecheck
The Nashville Predators had a couple of prospects in the Summer Showcase in Spencer Stastney and Philip Tomasino. How did they do? Our very own NHL Scout, Eric Dunay, gives you the breakdown.

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Viktor Arvidsson | On the Forecheck
Professor Rachel is handing out grades and Viktor Arvidsson is first alphabetically. Do you agree with her? (I do.)

Around Hockey

Joe Murphy, Red Wings' No. 1 pick, is homeless again and refusing help
Joe Murphy needs psychiatric help and refuses to get it. I'd love to think there's a near future where he looks back on himself at this stage and doesn't recognize himself, but I'm afraid it isn't going to happen. Head trauma and CTE are a dark cloud that will loom over the legacy of the NHL (and a few other organizations) for the foreseeable future.

Ovechkin not ready to discuss retirement, focused on season with Capitals
I'm kind of in love with the idea of Alex Ovechkin chasing Wayne Gretzky's record.

Haula says Hurricanes remind him of Golden Knights
Major difference is that the Carolina Hurricanes are riding a wave of goodwill and the fans of the other 30 teams were already over the Vegas Golden Knights by the time they made it to the finals.

Expansion Plan: Projecting the New Jersey Devils' protection list for the 2021 expansion draft | TheHockeyNews
None of this is really surprising.

Lightning sign defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to one-year deal |
Well, Tampa Bay finally got their man. Probably not the way anyone expected it to happen, but Kevin Shattenkirk will (barring another injury) play for the Lightning next season.

Agent for Edmonton Oilers F Jesse Puljujärvi: 'This is not about money' |
Surely, he'll get traded—if the relationship between Puljujärvi and Edmonton is as bad as it sounds, they would want to prevent him from making the most money...right?